The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from December 16, 1992

Aid Effort Tied to Africa-Wide Security Needs
THE drought relief program in southern Africa reflects changing views of regional and global security and the hopes of many that this region can eventually play a role in the revival of sub-Saharan Africa."Failure to address the cycle of drought, war,...
All God's Creatures
FOR the British, there are world problems. And then there are worm problems.Last week's fight by Prime Minister John Major to keep European unity alive is an example of the former. So is the dangerous chaos in Russia with Boris Yeltsin calling for a...
Charting the Causes of Declining Rainfall the Pacific's `El Ni Phenomenon Is Linked to Below-Normal Precipitation in Southern Africa
METEOROLOGISTS are confident that it will soon be possible to accurately forecast the occurrence of droughts in southern Africa - and other parts of the world - by monitoring ocean temperature changes and atmospheric shifts over the Pacific Ocean.This...
Computers Mixing Sound with Sight Are on the Way
IN August, four boxes arrived with some of the most interesting bells and whistles in the computer industry. Besides the traditional desktop case, monitor, and keyboard, I found two black speakers, a weird triangular antenna, a tiny clip-on microphone,...
Dealing with Somalia's Guns
AS US forces in Somalia press into the embattled town of Baidoa, the questions of how or whether to disarm Somalis keep being pressed on the American-led military operation.Without a doubt, the glut of assault rifles and other weaponry has played a major...
Debt Revisions Key to Russian Grain Purchases A Major Grain Importer, Russia's String of Delinquent Payments Has US Farmers and Traders on Edge
RUSSIA and its foreign government lenders, the so-called Paris Club, will meet this week to try to finalize a debt rescheduling plan, the Treasury Department has confirmed.An agreement is crucial to solving a payment dilemma threatening Russian purchases...
Don't Patronize the Canadians
The article "Lower Prices and Weak Canadian Buck Trim Shopping in US," Nov. 18, implies that Canadians are finally seeing the light by moving to a more American-style governance of their markets. Such an assessment seems simplistic, if not patronizing....
Drought That Helped End a War
A MASSIVE international relief effort here has averted a humanitarian disaster on the scale of Somalia, and has helped accelerate the peace process in this war-ravaged country, aid workers say."The drought has been a major factor in ending the war,"...
Each Generation Offers Its Kindness
IT was Christmas Eve in Timbuktu. The sandy streets, between mud-walled homes, the camels, the stillness at night, stirred images of what it might have been like at the time of the birth of Jesus.We were hitchhiking across Africa, as part of a two-year,...
Events
L.A. DISTURBANCE NEAR RIOT AREA</P><P>Los Angeles police went on citywide alert Dec. 14 after rocks and bottles were thrown from a crowd at an intersection that was a flashpoint of the city's spring riots. At least 12 people received minor...
First View of an Isolated Renamo Village
The reporter and photographer traveled on one of the first airlifts with the UN World Food Programme after it was granted access by the former rebels.THE huge Antonov transport plane carrying humanitarian aid bounced and shuddered as it touched down...
Food-for-Work Builds Esteem, Communities
HEBRON MOYO is a man with a purpose as he pushes the wheelbarrow of newly baked bricks toward a neat stack at the building site of the Vutsanana Secondary School in Mberengwa district."On a good day we can mold 2,000 bricks, and we get at least 70 kg...
Food to Malawi Slowed by War and Failures of Banda Regime
LOGISTICAL problems in transporting drought relief and a delay in ordering commercial grain have brought land-locked Malawi to the brink of a major disaster."If we don't manage to increase the rate of deliveries to Malawi there is going to be real starvation...
Free-Market Envoys
AS Russia struggles with economic reform, the West seeks to find ways to assist the process. Most attempts have focused on large-scale government-to-government aid, but the most recent idea is to enlist individual citizens. The Peace Corps, which has...
Freshman Members of Congress Attend Kennedy-School Orientation for Six Days, They Went to Classes on the Economy, Cities, Health Care
ATTIRED in blue jeans, sneakers, and business and jogging suits, some 80 new members of the House of Representatives wrapped up a six-day orientation program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Dec. 15.In informal classroom settings,...
Frustration in Baidoa as US Troops Arrive Relief Officials in Key Drought-Stricken Somali Town Say Marines' Delay Encouraged New Wave of Looting, Violence
AT a crowded orphanage here, a small, barefoot boy holds up a cartoon-style leaflet, one of hundreds that the United States military showered over this town from an airplane early this week to announce its pending arrival.The dollar-sized leaflets show...
Governed by Law, Not Chance
'WHEN someone wins the lottery or does well at a casino, how do you know that isn't God's doing?" my friend asked. I thought about the question for a minute. "Because in order for that person to win, a lot of others have to lose." "And God doesn't work...
Hunting Computer Hackers
TWO years ago, the United States Secret Service declared war on the computer-hacker underground. In a series of well-coordinated raids around the country, law-enforcement agents broke into suburban homes - guns drawn - and presented unsuspecting parents...
Israeli Anguish over Murder Sets Hurdle for Peace Process
AN Israeli policeman kidnapped by the Palestinian Hamas movement was found dead along a West Bank roadside near Jerusalem on Dec. 15, prompting calls by Israelis on both the right and left of the political spectrum for a tough crackdown on the Muslim...
Lighting the Way at Christmas
A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the yearFor a journey, and such a long journey:The ways deep and the weather sharp,The very dead of winter.THESE words by T. S. Eliot in his poem "The Journey of Magi" conjure up for me a bleak picture...
Mexico Hails Acquittal in US Murder Case
INNOCENT!" shouted banner newspaper headlines in Mexico.Mexican officials are praising the acquittal Dec. 14 of a doctor kidnapped by the United States to stand trial for participating in the slaying of a US federal drug agent."The return to the path...
Mozambicans Flee Rebel Territory for Food Southern Africa's Drought Could Have Been Disastrous in One of the Region's Poorest Countries, Devastated by a 17-Year Civil War. with Widespread Famine a Grave Possibility, a Massive Relief Effort Was Undertaken That Helped Curb Hunger - and Wind Down the Conflict
THE first thing Celestino Mishone Chipende did when he arrived here on the banks of the Zambezi, after a 16-hour walk through the night, was to sell the few chickens that he had brought with him.His other worldly possessions consisted of a few grass...
Mozambique's Beira Port: From War Rubble to Vital Grain Hub
THE port of Beira, Mozambique's second-largest city, was reduced to near-ruin by 17 years of civil war. Now it is the strategic epicenter of the regional drought relief effort.Beira's airport, which handles only a couple of scheduled flights a week,...
Necessary Steps for EC
LAST year's dream of the 12 European Community nations integrating overnight into a single political and economic federal Europe administered in Brussels did not come true this year.Denmark wanted more democracy; France's oui on unity was very small;...
Not All Is Flawed in Hubble Images despite a Defect in Its Mirror, the Space Telescope Is Taking Useful Photographs of Remote Galaxies
HUBBLE Space Telescope is performing better than astronomers expected when they first learned that its mirror is flawed.Recently reported observations by the telescope show an ability to resolve detail and to image faint distant galaxies that astronomers...
Official American Delegation Visits China to Appease Beijing
THE highest-ranking American official to visit China in a year arrives here Dec. 16 amid signs of easing tensions between Beijing and Washington.Commerce Secretary Barbara Franklin pays a six-day trip to the Chinese capital, the southern China economic...
Politics, Business Mix at Clinton's Summit the Only Ingredient Missing from Economic Powwow Was Discernible Dissent - a Letter from Little Rock
ARKANSAS' sleepy state capital, awakened during the campaign and electrified on election night, was transformed into a cross between a classroom and a boardroom on Dec. 14 and 15.President-elect Clinton's two days of marathon meetings with corporate...
Red Tape Slows Flow of Food in Zimbabwe
QUALIFYING for free food aid in Zimbabwe can mean negotiating a labyrinth of bureaucracy, standing in lines for hours, and waiting months before receiving the next ration of corn.The crux of the problem is a grain quota system which reflects the fact...
Regarding Estonia's Russians, the Basic Issue Is Justice
MUCH has recently been said and written about the status of Russians living in Estonia. While many of these discussions have focused on legal and economic considerations, the essential, unstated question has been "How will justice prevail?"Philosophers...
Regional Coordination Takes Root the New Lines of Regional Cooperation Opened Up by This Drought Could Have a Long-Lasting Impact on the Politics of Southern Africa. the Logistics of Delivering Relief Supplies to Hard-Hit, Landlocked Countries Is Preparing the Way for Accepting South Africa into Regional Deliberations
THE urgent demand for a regional response to the drought has spurred new cooperative mechanisms that are expected to survive the current crisis and are already changing the political landscape in southern Africa.Regional cooperation structures, aid officials...
Russian President's Visit May Boost China Trade for Yeltsin, Whom Chinese Leaders Once Branded the `New Czar,' the Visit Is a Chance to Bolster Russia's Growing Trade with China
EAGER to boost trade and arms sales to China, a beleaguered Russian President Boris Yeltsin arrives here Dec. 17 to build new ties to Russia's rival neighbor.Mr. Yeltsin's three-day visit, which includes Beijing and a jaunt to Shenzhen in China's booming...
S. Africa's Relief Plan Seen as Racially Biased
THE $350 million drought relief effort in South Africa, directed mainly at supporting white farmers, farmworkers, and rural blacks, has been marred by allegations of racial bias by government and of inefficiency and corruption by tribal homeland administrations."The...
Serb Hard-Liners Look to New Strains of Nationalist Communism to the East, as Liberals Lose Faith in the West
AS this ancient and cosmopolitan city enters its 16th month at war, the world seems far away. While food and goods from Europe are still plentiful, the international embargo is a constant reminder that Serbia is isolated.News is scant and slanted. Most...
Southern Africa Fights Drought of the Century Even as World Attention Has Been Focused on Halting War and Famine in Somalia, People in Southern Africa Are Finding New Ways to Cooperate in Getting Food to Those Who Need It Most
THE first phase of the biggest drought relief effort ever mounted is helping to avert a human disaster in the 12 countries of southern Africa.The regional drought, which came at a time of extreme hardship caused by economic recession, austerity programs,...
The Packwood Case and Society's Choices
THE mail the other day brought us an anguished note from a reader who felt we had reached a "new low" in reporting the Washington Post's allegations of sexual harassment by United States Sen. Robert Packwood (R) of Oregon.That reader may have changed...
Where the Action Is in Russia
THE replacement of Yegor Gaidar with Victor Chernomyrdin as prime minister of Russia ends the political gridlock in Moscow. It also hands radical reformers a defeat. But this event will not lead to the restoration of central control, as the state-industrial...
Yeltsin Outmaneuvered by Russian Congress Change in Premier Seen as Shift from Market Economy toward Controls
YEGOR GAIDAR, the singular architect of Russia's reforms, once described himself as a "kamikaze," referring to Japanese pilots who flew suicide attacks during World War II.From his first entry into the government, more than a year ago, Mr. Gaidar understood...